The food production industry is one of the most incredibly significant businesses in the world. One of the leading food product companies that has been in the business for more than a century is the OSI Group. From its humble beginnings, the company is now a multi-billion business that has helped and worked with reputable names in the food industry all over the world. The biggest food processing and largest production company is continually dominating the industry not only in the US but also all over the globe. Let us take a look at how the OSI Group successfully founded and maintained major and strategic offices around the world.
In 1909, a German immigrant named Otto decided to leverage on the demand for high quality meat in the Oak Park area in Illinois. He founded a small meat market that later expanded to a wholesale meat trade. Otto brought his family from abroad and transformed his business into a company and named it Otto & Sons. Over the years, it exponentially grew and expanded its products to companies like McDonald’s and collaborated with General Milling Corporation in 1990. From there, Otto & Sons became a privately held corporation, OSI Group. Under the leadership and direction of its chief executive officer Sheldon Lavin and president Donald McDonald, the simple meat store in Illinois operates in more than 17 countries and is still looking to expand its scope worldwide. In 2016, the company purchased the controlling stake of Baho Food.
It is a Dutch company with affiliates operating in the Netherlands and Germany. Additionally, OSI acquired Flagship Europe in the same year. As a result, it took over Flagship Europe’s production of frozen poultries, condiments, and pies. For over 110 years in the industry, OSI Group maintained an impressive growth and longevity that no other company in the food processing company and food production industry has ever accomplished. Very few companies managed to remain on top of the industry for a long time. OSI Group’s achievement in the domestic and international market is especially impressive given the economic chaos that happened in the past several decades. The OSI Group was able to achieve all of this because of its precise and detailed unique marketing strategies and careful product development born from comprehensive research and market analyses.
Almost every company has growth in their business plans, but the expansion made by OSI Food Solutions in the last century has made them part of the history of the midwest as well as food processing around the world. If you have ever grabbed a hamburger from McDonald’s, chances are that you ate a product that was supplied by OSI Food Solutions. When the company was first founded at the turn of the century in an area of Chicago that mainly consisted of German immigrants, it was a relatively small meat market that eventually began expansion into wholesale. When the owner passed the business down to his sons, the company was able to grow very quickly after the deal with McDonald’s was struck.
McDonald’s isn’t the only company that OSI Food Solutions is partnered with. They supply food to businesses in 17 countries around the world. In these 17 countries, the company operated at least 65 facilities and this number seems to be going up frequently. They have truly led by example and have managed to make themselves one of the biggest food companies of their kind in the entire world. With future plans for expansion, they hope to be the top company internationally. With all of the developments that they have had in recent years, it doesn’t seem like this goal is too far off for them. While they may be internationally known, they have still kept their headquarters where the company began in Chicago and have even opened new food facilities in the area.
One of the biggest developments that allowed OSI Food Solutions to increase their presence in the world was new freezing methods that were introduced around the early 1970s. By using liquid nitrogen, OSI Food Solutions was able to quickly freeze their products which allowed them to stay fresh during shipping for longer distances. This technology was key in ensuring that they were able to meet the demand for meat from their partner, McDonald’s. The fast food chain was growing and as one of their main supplies, OSI was determined to come up with new ways to meet the demand while keeping their quality high.
American businesses have given back to charities for quite some time, seeing the act of giving back to society bodes well for business. It’s less common for businesses to go a step further and establish their own charitable foundation, but if Dallas-based Stream Energy has its way it’ll be the future of corporate philanthropy. The direct-selling energy company announced the opening of Stream Cares, their very own foundation that will work with organizations and charities across Texas to improve the lives of people in and beyond their hometown.
Stream Energy’s goals are to take part in worthwhile causes and communicate to current and prospective clients that they have made an investment of time and resources into the places where they live. Operation Once in a Lifetime is on of those organization. This is a military charity that reaches out to veterans in need and helping them get access to financial assistance and support they might need for themselves and their families. Stream Energy worked with Operation Once in a Lifetime to host a luncheon in honor of those veterans.
Just one event wasn’t enough for families that sacrifice so much. Stream Energy hosted the American Girl Doll Experience the next day. 10 daughters of military veterans were invited to a party where they could pick and play with an American Girl Doll of their very own and leave with them at the end of the day.
Charity like this is an extension of the thoughtfulness of the workers at this company, Senior Event Manager Kimberly Girard said in a recent statement. Concern for Texas and the people who call it home is part of the company’s culture, and Stream Energy needed a foundation to channel that thoughtfulness into the most useful avenues so workers weren’t burdened with coming up with these solutions on their own.
In a listing of states by charitable giving, website WalletHib found that Texas is among the least generous, falling well behind states like Minnesota and Utah who only have a fraction of the population. As a leader of the Dallas business community, Stream Energy has the opportunity to step up and show all of Texas that charity is just a part of doing business in this state.